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Forum topic by pmd73 posted 02-05-2013 06:54 PM 809 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2013 06:54 PM

I want to learn how to use a hand plane.Any suggestions on a good place to start.

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 06:56 PM

Using one or setting one up for use is two issues.
Google can offer a bunch of vids about use.


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#2 posted 02-05-2013 07:00 PM

this would be my first step:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 07:29 PM

The Garret Hack book is awesome. I’d also recommend this DVD:

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 08:01 PM

This thread will put you way ahead of the learning curve.

Great advice above as well.

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 08:06 PM

St. Roy of Underhill and The Schwarz offer a well rounded introduction to hand plane basics in this episode.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 03:50 AM

Definitely spend some time learning to set up your plane properly and sharpen it reasonably well, but then just get some scrap wood and go use it. Then when you’ve gotten some experience, go watch some more videos or read some more. It will all make a lot more sense after some practice and then you can repeat the cycle and keep improving your skills. That worked great for me. All I had was a jack plane and no try square at the time, but I made some shavings and worked towards making a piece of firewood four square. I did split some off first. I found lots of good videos on youtube and the Woodwrights Shop video mentioned above was a great start too. Paul Sellers’ stuff is excellent as well.

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 01:05 PM

Thanks for the help.I knew some basics now i know more.This was very helpful,now i need a better plane.

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